Then and now … the back garden

Or … how fast plants grow in Florida!

The first picture here is 1-1/2 years ago showing our back garden pool area; behind the rear screen you can see a row of builder-planted identical shrubs, and beyond is basically just a grass area with a few tiny shrubs against the side pool screen:

These two pictures from a different angle; the first just 9 months ago when all the new plants are in, and then now, showing how much they’ve grown! The fence is 6′ high so the Pagoda plants and the Copper Leaf are both at least that high!

Winter Garden with a new camera

I’ve just purchased a(nother) new camera, the Sony RX100M6. I wanted something with a big sensor for higher quality images, and a reasonable zoom – but I also wanted light and easy to carry. I found the “this years model” RX100M7 available and learned that there’s few differences over last year – and I found last year available “pre-owned” at BorrowLenses for a great half price (free, fast shipping too).

So today I took the new camera on my early morning walk around town and took various photos to test out the image quality and zoom capability. While it’s nothing like my high-zoom Nikon, it’s a third the weight and a much bigger sensor … and I found the photos to be great quality even though it was early (about sunrise) so not yet bright. Here then an assortment of photos:

Above a store near the downtown water fountain (with Queens Wreath still / always in bloom) there’s some “stained glass” windows – I photo’ed them at both ends of the camera zoom range (with the close-ups then cropped) …

Further on my walk, past City Hall and the beautiful hanging baskets nearby, and the recently arrived “butterfly” in a new garden area not yet open:

Leu Gardens A-Z

Harry P Leu Gardens is doing an Alphabet Plant Hunt, labeling a plant beginning with each letter of the alphabet (a couple are a bit of a stretch, like X, but still …). We headed over this morning to enjoy both a walk around the gardens, and capture every plant. Here’s the pictures:

NOTE: I found when naming that I’d missed one plant (Gardenia)! I cheated here and added it from our own garden.